Film Review: The Mist

by Pat Johnson

Frank Darabont is 2 for 2 with Stephen King stories, and as far as I'm concerned he gets .75 more points towards his GPA with this effort. Like all King, the less you know going in the better. But I will say the concept feels familiar in terms of King, people trapped together without knowing what's happening and the payoff isn't usually as scary or interesting as the idea's potential led you to believe. However, this one does it better than most with solid writing, tense pacing and balls. Excuse my crassness, but it was a nice change to see a King flick that wasn't afraid to portray a dark vision of humanity. It deserves your attention if you appreciate well-crafted spooky thrillers.